Monthly Archives: August 2007

The Critical Importance of Family Worship

The Critical Importance of Family Worship “We deeply want a revival of domestic religion. The Christian family was the bulwark of godliness in the days of the Puritans; but in these evil times hundreds of families of so–called Christians have … Continue reading

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John L. Girardeau on the Power of the Church to Innovate in Worship

The following is a portion of The Discretionary Power of the Church by the great Old School Presbyterian (OSP) theologian John L. Girardeau. It is particularly profitable because he not only explains the often confused difference between the elements and … Continue reading

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By Whose Authority Do We Do These Things?

By Whose Authority Do We Do These Things? Over the years, I have amassed quite a collection of worship folders from various churches, and I will confess that I have profited from many of them as they have helped me … Continue reading

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Call the Sabbath a delight!

One of the things that I have come to appreciate about OSP churches and theology is the emphasis on the LORD’s Day. I didn’t become a believer until my freshman year in college (can anything good come out of the … Continue reading

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Abraham Booth’s Advice to Pastors

If we were to be brutally honest, we would have to concede that the failure of many churches and church plants to thrive can be traced to serious deficiences in the character and godliness of the Pastor. Often these deficiencies … Continue reading

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Officer Training Book List Now Annotated

At the request of one of the blog readers, I have annotated the book list to indicate why I recommend the various books, and what their various strengths and weaknesses are.

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Books for Officer Training…

One of the most important parts of successfully planting a church is the critical process of Officer Training. While I plan to write something in a while that goes into greater detail about how to go about training candidates for … Continue reading

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Children in Worship

One of the more obvious differences between the contemporary church and the church in every century up to the 20th is the tendency to remove children from the worship service and send them off to either playrooms or “children’s church.” … Continue reading

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Upcoming Posts

Hi All, Just wanted to let everyone know about some upcoming posts today and tomorrow: Children in Worship “By Whose Authority Do We Do These Things?” That is of course in addition to whatever posts the other blog contributors (Pastor … Continue reading

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“You will think you have had enough…”

One of the most consistently disheartening experiences for both the members and pastors of Old School Presbyterian (OSP) church plants is the small size of the congregations. I can well remember one particular Sunday sitting and listening to one of … Continue reading

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Who Gets to Decide How the Church Should Worship?

Who should decide how Churches are to go about worshipping the Lord? Should it be the Pastor? He’s been to seminary, and he gets paid to think about these things on a full time basis. He could probably come up … Continue reading

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Talking About Worship

Obviously, the most important thing that the church of Jesus Christ is to corporately worship Her Lord and Savior, so over the next few weeks I want to look in detail at the content of our worship from an Old … Continue reading

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Some Rudimentary Thoughts on Church Planting

Some Rudimentary Thoughts on Church Planting By Pastor Andy Webb There are probably many words one might use to describe the majority of conservative Reformed mission churches in the PCA, for instance “hopeful” or “persevering” immediately come to mind. But … Continue reading

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Addressing Problems in Preaching…

While far too many contemporary pastors spend their time attempting to amuse, impress, and entertain their hearers, far too many conservative pastors tend to go in the opposite direction; the sermons they produce are dull, long-winded, and technical, and in … Continue reading

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Is this Mission Impossible?

“It’s too hard, I can’t do it!” “But you haven’t even tried!” “That’s because it’s impossible!” Ever had that kind of conversation? The person you are speaking with absolutely refuses to even try to do something because it seems too … Continue reading

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R.L. Dabney and Old School Methodology

“If the question be raised, why the church does not grow faster? …the fault is not ecclesiastical, but spiritual. The real need is not new methods, but fidelity to the old, a true revival in the hearts of ministers and … Continue reading

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What is an “Old School” Presbyterian Church and how are they built?

I’m glad you asked! That is after all what this blog is concerned with. First, the term “Old School” in the title is not specifically a reference to the pop culture phrase “old school” which, according to Wikipedia: “is a … Continue reading

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